17 July 2017

Former Death Squad hit man reveals what it’s REALLY like to kill someone

A PROFESSIONAL killer has revealed the harrowing truth behind the life of a hit man, including how his crimes still haunt him to this day.

Martin Corona was a paid killer for feared Mexican cartel Arellano-Félix, who employed his brutal services in their elite Death Squad.

A former hit man has revealed how his criminal career has left him feeling ‘humiliated’ every time he looks in the mirror
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Working for the drug-pushing gang, Corona became a feared soldier in the crime war which engulfed Southern California.

Throughout his criminal career, the hit man racked up a total of at least eight kills, earning himself a 25 year prison sentence in 2001.

But over the years, Corona also ended up scarring himself with the consequences of his own actions.

The killer, now 58, has revealed how he handled his first hit with cold precision, having been ordered to wipe out two members of a rival gang.

The killer told the New York Post what was going through his mind at the time, saying: “It’s an ugly business, but it’s a business”.

Corona was lucky enough to walk away from that first kill, but his actions would end up hurting him in ways he could never have imagined.

Corona worked as an enforcer in a notorious Mexican cartel
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Now reformed, and working in construction, Corona was released from prison in 2004 after becoming a federal witness.

But despite starting to atone for his vile crimes, Corona, who cannot be pictured for his own safety, has a long way to go before he can make peace with himself.

He told the New York Post: “I’m not proud of my past.

“It’s really humiliating waking up and looking at yourself in the mirror knowing the things you’ve done.”

As an enforcer for the cartel, he was once asked to assassinate two women who were suspected of snitching.

When he shot them both in their car, he looked into the back seat to find one of the women’s trembling seven-year-old daughters.

It was then that he decided he had to get out of the gang, but he was arrested on weapons charges before he could put that life behind him.

Corona hopes that his upcoming book can help to put young people off joining gangs

Now he hopes that he can put young people off gangs by publishing a book, Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man, which is out on 25 July.

In it, he tells the story of his troubled life, which has seen him dip in and out of prison after a tough childhood growing up near San Diego.

Aged 12, Corona had already dabbled in drugs and was about to have his life come crashing down around him with the revelation that his biological dad wasn’t who he was told he was.

He dealt with the shock by falling in with a local gang, ending up dipping in and out of juvenile detention, where he came across members of the notorious Mexican cartel.

Now Corona is in witness protection, having escaped his prison sentence by testifying against his former cartel bosses.

But he’s too busy losing sleep over his own history to worry about revenge from the cartel.

He said: “If you feel you need to come at me in a vengeful way, then hey, you know what? I didn’t get to where I got to being a coward.”

Previously, we revealed what it’s like to take a life on the other side of the law.

We told how a death row executioner had explained the effect his harrowing career had on him.

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